In a column in The Nation, a writer in the newspaper said that Pakistan’s attempts to convince allies of the country’s ‘non-discriminatory’ approach towards terrorists has only elicited criticism.
The blog post also lashed out at Pakistan government for imposing a foreign travel ban on Dawn reporter Cyril Almeida. The Pakistani scribe had reported on a rift between civilian and military leaderships on the powerful ISI’s covert support to terrorist groups in the country. The travel ban on Almeida had sparked a massive criticism of the government and the military from media houses, journalist associations and civil society.
The column also notes the recent statements by Rana Muhammad Afzal, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MP who had questioned the government’s failure to act against Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the head of its frontal charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Afzal, a member of the parliamentary panel, questioned the efficacy of Pakistan’s foreign policy and said it had become such that “we have not been able to get rid of Hafiz Saeed so far”.
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Afzal had said that people like Saeed continue to hold protests and rallies and give speeches in places such as Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi, and the failure to curb terrorists would isolate Pakistan. “Then Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India.”
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The column also warns Pakistan that the increasing admonitions from the US do not bode well. It also adds that China too has expressed concerns.